Class of '68
March 2000

Warmest greetings to the class of ’68!

Hope this letter finds you all safe from whatever "bug" there may have been lurking around the turn of the year and that your leap into the New Millennium was painless. Now that the much hyped double zero roll-over proved not too completely render us defenseless, knowledge-less, monetarily worthless or much less of anything, we can all optimistically look ahead to continuing our fifth decade and beyond! Isn’t that a sobering thought, on the other hand, would we want it any other way?

As most of you know there has been a procedural change in the Gustavus Fund raising with the majority of the phone calls now being made by GusLink. These are current students that have been hired and trained (participation that contributes to their student aid) to make contact with a greater number of alumni. Some might feel this is a very impersonal approach, but the reality is that this is the only way the college can stay connected to the larger alumni population. In fact this year through this "new" approach the GusLink callers have contacted over 3,000 move alumni this year versus last year resulting in more dollars pledged. It’s a prudent way to raise funds and at least have some personal contact with the college. It would be great if classmates would and could make all the calls, but as we all know, that is not realistic. So, if and when you get a call from the GusLink please share with them some class news and make your pledge!

In the fall letter the idea of our class contributing $31,000 was proposed as a New Millennium challenge and I am disappointed that we are not even half way there. Through December we have pledges on the books for over $13,000 so we must pick-up our participation to meet the challenge. Thank you to those of you who have already pledged!

Campus News

Construction on the new Campus Center is nearly complete with finishing touches being put the former dining service building. Many offices have moved to their new location in the Campus Center including Admission, Dean of Students, Student Activities and Residential Life. Construction of the new International House-Swedish House, a new residence hall/international center to replace Johnson Hall and the Swedish House that were destroyed in the March 1998 tornado, will begin this spring. Construction on an outdoor track and new soccer field stadium will begin this summer. If you have not been back to campus lately, you are encouraged to make a visit to see these exciting changes.

If you can not make it back to campus, but want to stay connected, check out the Internet site at gustavus.edu. The college is thrilled to recently have hired a web coordinator who has been busy updating the Gustavus home page. Look for more changes to alumni services on the web coming this spring.

Members of the New Millenium: Knowing that we are in a technological age, we want to encourage all alumni to get involved and get online. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, we hope you will check out the Gustavus Alumni Association homepage regularly. We publish information about upcoming events, post class letters, provide information about the Alumni Office, list e-mail addresses of alumni and more. Check us out under the alumni section at gustavus.edu.

We are planning on corresponding on a regular basis with all alumni who have e-mail addresses. Please send a message to alumni@gustavus.edu so we can get you on the list. (Be sure to keep us posted on any e-mail address changes, also.)

A new method of giving to the College is now available! Lutheran Brotherhood created a highly successful and popular program for Lutheran churches called Simply Giving and has just extended this opportunity to Gustavus and other Lutheran colleges. Simply Giving is an automatic bank draft program that allows you to make regular monthly gifts from a checking or savings account to the College. You do not need to be Lutheran to participate, there is no cost to you or the College for this service, and you can make changes at any time. For so many people, it is much easier to give $50 a month than to write a $600 check once a year. Please call Heather Nancarrow at (800) 726-6192 or (507) 933-7518, or e-mail her at hnancarr@gustavus.edu to request more information.

Class News

Special congratulations to Mark Embretson on being named the 1999 secondary physical education teacher of the year by the Minnesota Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Brooklyn Center High School has a new principal, George Larson. George had been in the Elk River School system most recently.

Barbara Rinehart Cameron, got her doctorate degree from St. Mary’s College and is putting her educational leadership to good use as assistant principal at Chaska High School.

Gary L. Williams and his wife, Janice, are in Raleigh, NC, where Gary is working at First Citizens Bank (commercial banking) and Janice is teaching in Wade County.

The Jaegers, Rick and Benay (Borene ’67) are still in Montevideo, both still teaching in the school district.

Jerry Okerman has accepted a position on J. P. Morgan’s Investment Management, LLC while still working full time at 3M. By the way Jerry, what’s up with this market?

We would look forward to hearing from you please feel free to email us at klmoorhead@aol.com or if you are downtown stop in and see John at Lindskoog Florist, he’s in the TFC building, skyway level most everyday!

John and Kris (Lundberg) Moorhead

1968 Co-class Agents